International Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences

Prepare for your master's degree in a wide range of subjects including international development, politics and education.

You will develop your study skills, subject knowledge and English language in preparation for postgraduate study.

Why apply for the International Graduate Diploma programme?

  • A route to a postgraduate degree at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements).
  • You are a student of the University from day one, on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.
  • Professional help and support with your application to university.

Course options

We also offer the International Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences with Pre-sessional English course which combines the International Graduate Diploma with one term of English on a single CAS.


What is special about this programme?

The INTO UEA International Graduate Diploma is designed to improve your academic theory, intensive English language skills, and study and research abilities to prepare for postgraduate study at the University of East Anglia.

It offers:

  • university-style teaching with high contact hours and small class sizes
  • a campus-based programme with access to world-class university facilities
  • interactive lectures from experienced academic faculty who have worked in various international organisations including the United Nations
  • the chance to improve your group leadership and presentation skills
  • an introduction to research skills and full preparation for writing a postgraduate dissertation

You will receive advice and feedback during seminars and tutorials. Regular one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will help you plan for future effective study, and answer any questions to ensure your academic success.

We also have an International Progression team who will help with your application to the University of East Anglia.

Who should apply for the International Graduate Diploma programme?

The International Graduate Diploma is suitable for students who want to:

  • be introduced to a subject so that you can study it at postgraduate level
  • upgrade your qualifications if you have studied a 3-year diploma in a relevant subject
  • increase or update your subject knowledge
  • improve your English language study skills within the context of your chosen subject

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Applied Research Skills and Research Project in a relevant field

This module provides a basic understanding of the nature of enquiry, developing your ability to access and analyse information.

A large part of the module will involve analysing and interpreting existing data from various fields of research. You will also be introduced to the theoretical and practical differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods and will explore other research methodologies.

Academic content will be accompanied by skills-based and example-led teaching. You will make relevant enquiries into your topic of interest and follow up the enquiry with an independent research project in term three.

Contemporary World Issues

The module takes a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary world issues and you will be introduced to the concepts and vocabulary that underlie the study of the social sciences in general.

Among current questions for examination are: the basic approaches towards change and transformation; globalisation; political systems; democratisation; approaches to development; terrorism; regionalisation; and the growth of supranational organisations.

English Language and Communication Skills

Develop English skills to the level required for postgraduate study at UEA.

Relating to your chosen pathway, you will improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as academic abilities in written work, delivering presentations and debating.

International Political Economy

The module in International Political Economy introduces you to the interplay of wealth and power and approaches to the dynamics of the global economy.

This module looks at the evolution of the global economy as well as how to engage with the principal theories of global economics.

Key issues that you will explore are: economic globalisation; global inequalities; international trade and the division of labour; debt; and development.

This module exposes you to the foundations and major concepts of global economics as preparation for postgraduate studies in political, social and international studies, as well as in international development.

Social and Cultural Studies

This module provides you with the basic tools for the understanding and analysis of societies.

You are exposed to issues relevant to modern societies and will become aware of the key factors and influences that shape and, indeed, are shaped by society.

The module also takes a global approach, introducing you to the academic skills of social scientists, and exposing you to sociological theories.

This module also addresses issues of importance to the understanding of societies, including social divisions, families, work, the media, crime and the concepts of knowledge and power, both political and social.

Teaching methods

Interactive lectures from experienced academic faculty, as well as professionals from industry, will be followed by a seminar to discuss topics raised during the lectures.

Seminars follow a workshop style, where discussion and presentation are used to prepare you for postgraduate study.

Here you will debate and analyse current issues in the area of politics, society and international development, led by academics and practitioners who have worked in and alongside various international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Department for International development.

Student-led workshops will also improve group leadership and presentation skills in preparation for your chosen career.

You will benefit from an introduction to the application of research skills as preparation for postgraduate studies and dissertations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a combination of formal examinations and assessed coursework. You will have to carry out an independent research project, which will be assessed by the final written version as well as an accompanying presentation.

Your English language and pathway subject process will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework, including:

  • written assignment
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual
  • research projects
  • presentations
  • problem-solving exercises

Grades from the International Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree programme.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any academic subject (as approved by INTO UEA).


Diploma (3-5 years) with high grades in any academic subject (as approved by INTO UEA).

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

The Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for this course. Read more about SELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language entry requirements, you can apply for English for University Study.

Age: 18 years and above.

Applicants aiming for the MA in Development Economics or MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development: students will require a background in economics and a conditional offer from the School of International Development prior to entry to the International Graduate Diploma programme.

Applicants aiming for either the master's in Cultural Heritage and International Development: students must also satisfactorily complete an interview at the School of Art History and World Art Studies.

Applicants aiming for the MA in Maths Education: students will require some background in mathematics.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
January 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 – Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 2: Mon 10 Apr 2017 – Fri 30 Jun 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 25 Aug 2017
September 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 01 Jun 2018
January 2018 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 30 Mar 2018
Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Jul 2018 – Fri 24 Aug 2018

Tuition fees

Tuition fees include access to the virtual learning environment; library, internet and IT services; exam fees; and field trips and course-related excursions.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £205 per academic course
  • accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

Where will this programme take me?

Successful completion of the International Graduate Diploma leads to the award of International Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (FHEQ Level 6) from UEA.

Degree options

This programme leads to the following courses at the University of East Anglia:

School of International Development
  • MA Agriculture and Rural Development
  • MSc Climate Change and International Development
  • MA Conflict, Governance and International Development
  • MA Cultural Heritage and International Development
  • MSc Development Economics
  • MA Education and Development
  • MSc Environment and International Development
  • MA Gender Analysis of International Development
  • MA Globalisation Business and Sustainable Development
  • MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development
  • MA International Development
  • MA International Social Development
  • MA Media and International Development
  • MSc Water Security and International Development
School of Politics, Philosophy and Language and Communication Studies
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Media and Cultural Politics
  • MA Politics
  • MA Public Policy and Public Management